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Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry

Lutz, Sebastian and Hartmann, Stephan (2009) Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This review is a critical discussion of three main claims in Debs and Redhead’s thought-provoking book Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention. These claims are: (i) Social acts impinge upon formal aspects of scientific representation; (ii) symmetries introduce the need for conventional choice; (iii) perspectival symmetry is a necessary and sufficient condition for objectivity, while symmetry simpliciter fails to be necessary.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: To appear in Metascience (2010).
    Keywords: Objectivity, invariance, conventions, symmetry
    Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > Conventionalism
    Depositing User: Stephan Hartmann
    Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4735
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4735

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